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contents June 2009

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Features

The Performance

10 Of Miracles and Men

23 Program and notes

Jersey Boys co-creator Rick Elice shares the show’s history and what’s at its heart.

Departments

50 Raising the Bar

8 Letter from the Editor 16 Dining Guide 45 Information 46 Staff/Golden Rules 60 The Buzz

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48 All Aboard!

Thomas & Friends Live! Onstage chugs into the Fox. The Fox Theatre’s outreach programs give kids a chance.

54 Coming Attractions

A sneak peak at the upcoming seasons for Theater of the Stars (page 54) and Broadway Across America-Atlanta (page 56).

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ablo Picasso once said, “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” In times like these, there’s a lot of dust on our souls. Thankfully, we have places like the Fox Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum, the Atlanta Ballet, the Atlanta Opera, the Alliance Theatre and numerous other local art galleries and performance companies whose art can elevate us, educate us and bring us together in a way that television and the Internet cannot. And, best of all, we don’t have to go all the way to New York; these treasures are in our own backyard. But we take it for granted that they will always be here for us. Recently, I read an elegy Mary Ann Treger wrote for the now-defunct Baltimore Opera that reminded me how easily these treasures can be taken away. “An old friend had died, and I never said goodbye,” she wrote. “I can wag a finger at corporate sponsors and major donors. But my laissez-faire attitude also contributed to the final curtain. I should have gone to more performances. I could have bought season tickets. … Instead, my beloved opera went quietly, without fanfare.” It was 58 years old. If we don’t love our local arts institutions, whether they’re grand dames or scrappy theater companies, we have to accept that they, too, may disappear. Arts organizations also need our help engaging the uninitiated, so they understand how much fun it can be going to see theater, the symphony, a gallery or a museum. We need to help show our friends and family why the arts are still relevant and worth supporting. I don’t know about you, but there’s suddenly a lot more I want to see and do. Maybe I’ll see you around town? Thank you for sharing this moment with us,


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ccording to Jersey Boys’ co-creator Rick Elice, the show exists because of three miracles that took place between October 2003 and October 2004. The first miracle was that Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio gave Elice and his writing partner Marshall Brickman permission to create a musical based on their lives, using the Four Seasons’ music. The second miracle was that Broadway veteran and then-Artistic Director of the La Jolla Playhouse Des McAnuff committed to the project before one line of dialogue had been written. And the third miracle was that Valli and Gaudio first saw the musical in a theater, surrounded by an 10 Encore AtlantA

enthusiastic audience instead of in a barren rehearsal hall, where they might have been tempted to pull the plug on the whole project. “The gods of theater were smiling on all of us when we were making this show,” Elice says. Another thing people might find miraculous is that Jersey Boys is the first musical Elice and Brickman have written. At the time, Elice, a former ad man, was consulting for Walt Disney Studios, offering advice on projects such as the stage adaptation of Disney’s High School Musical. Brickman had honed his comedy chops writing for television in the 1960s and on Woody Allen movies,

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Jersey Boys’ co-creator Rick Elice dishes about the show’s history and its eternal heart By Kristi Casey Sanders


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luncheon with Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio — the two operative Seasons.” If nothing else, Elice figured, he’d be able to spend an afternoon with two musicians he admired as a kid. “In New York, lower middle class parents ship their kids off to [summer camp] so they can spend some time by themselves and the kids can get away from the intense heat of the city,” Elice explains. “You had counselors who were all older than you, and they’re the people that you want to be like, so the music they listen 12 Encore AtlantA

to becomes very important to you. They were listening to the Beatles, the Kinks, the Dead, the Who, the Four Seasons and the Beach Boys. These became my aspirational songs when I was a boy.” Elice and Brickman met Gaudio and Valli in the back of a dark restaurant. For hours, Gaudio and Valli told them stories about how the band began, what happened behind the scenes, what happened when success came and how they dealt with it. He and Brickman asked why they had never heard those stories before. “They told us that they were never really written about because they were these blue collar, local guys without any glamour quotient — they didn’t have long hair, they didn’t have exotic accents, they didn’t come from across the pond [and] they came from the wrong side of the river,” Elice says. “Their story was never told because they were deemed unimportant by the cultural elite. We suggested this untold story should be the show. They were intrigued enough to ask for a treatment and ultimately courageous enough to say, ‘Go ahead and put it up there onstage, warts and all.’” Brickman and Elice had only one person they wanted to direct the show — Des McAnuff. “I had worked [with him] years before when I was a kid and he was some insanely talented genius from Canada,” Elice says. “I knew that he was

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like Annie Hall and Manhattan, in the 1970s. Brickman and Elice knew each other socially, but they were just starting to talk about becoming writing partners when the idea for Jersey Boys fell in Elice’s lap. “I got a call about doing a show with or about the Four Seasons about a year after Mamma Mia! opened on Broadway,” Elice says. “I did want to do something with Marshall, and we never thought it would be a show, but we arranged a


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sort of a rocker and [had] directed The Who’s Tommy on Broadway. ... It turned out that the very first LP Des had as a boy was ‘Sherry & 11 Other Hits’ by the Four Seasons.” The other thing McAnuff had was his own theater — the La Jolla Playhouse at the University of California, San Diego. “He said: ‘I’ll do the life story of the Four Seasons on stage next summer. (This was maybe October.) We have to have a script by May, so you better get to work,’” Elice remembers. “It was a relatively quick process from page to stage, as far as Broadway musicals go. We started writing [Jersey Boys] at the very beginning of 2004, and by August we were in rehearsal. We opened in October at La Jolla Playhouse, and that was how the little rocketship got started.” On opening night, the 500-seat house was packed. The audience rose to its feet once in the first act, twice during the second act and screamed for more at the show’s end. Brickman and Elice thought the reaction was a fluke. “We thought: ‘This will never happen again. Some crazy, rabid Four Seasons fans have flown in,’” Elice says. But the second night’s audience behaved like the first night’s. When the third night’s audience also went berserk, Elice and Brickman realized they weren’t just getting a false read; they had something very special on their hands. The show ran more than a week before Gaudio and Valli finally saw it. “By the time they came, the cast was very excited about the guys they were 14 Encore AtlantA

portraying being in the theater,” Elice says. “The audience was electrified because Des introduced them from the stage. All Marshall and I did was stand in the back and watch Bob and Frankie watch themselves, because they had the right at the end of that performance to say, ‘We don’t like this and we’re going to stop it.’” Instead, Elice says, they became the show’s biggest supporters. Despite the years that have passed, certain moments in the show still give Elice goosebumps. “When [Bob] Gaudio forces through, against daunting odds, a record Frankie’s recorded that he feels will really help [propel] Frankie on to the next stage of his career ... and it turns into a huge success, that part of the rags to riches story is somewhat familiar to us,” Elice says. “But this [act] — something that a friend does for another friend for no reason other than to help his friend — I find to really be at the root of what this show is about. “While Jersey Boys tells the story of the Four Seasons, it’s hard not to be touched by the eternal issues that [they] are touched by because they’re our issues, too: wanting to belong, wanting to achieve, wanting to be respected [and] wanting to find home,” Elice continues. “The bonds of society among men and women are very strong. And when people stand up for other people, I find that to be a very emotional thing.” Jersey Boys plays May 27-June 21. To hear the whole interview, go to EncoreAtlanta.com.


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American/southern E Street Grille Nestle down to some Southernfried peach pie or corn cakes at this stylish and intimate restaurant on the second floor of the Ellis Hotel. Two-seater tables under the window in the dining room are great for date nights; a groovy lounge and patio also are


available. 176 Peachtree St. NW (valet from Ellis St.), 404-523-5155, ellishotel.com. D Home Restaurant & Bar Farm-to-table Southern-inspired cuisine is served nightly; halfprice bottles of wine available every Sunday. 111 W. Paces Ferry Rd., 404-869-0777, heretoserverestaurants.com. B South City Kitchen Midtown With a stylish, Southern-contemporary menu, this DiRoNA restaurant helped make grits hip for the business crowd. Sundays are BBQ Nite. 1144 Crescent Ave. 404-873-7358, southcitykitchen.com. M

asian fusion Aja Restaurant & Bar Serving modern Asian cuisine, Aja has a 150-seat patio overlooking Buckhead and a huge lounge, where diners nosh on dim sum and sip mai tais. 3500 Lenox Rd., Ste. 100, 404-2310001, heretoserverestaurants.com. B Straits Tastes of Singapore’s four culinary cultures (Malaysian/Indonesian, Chinese, Indian and Nonya) blend at this celebrityfriendly restaurant co-owned by Chris “Ludacris” Bridges. 793 Juniper St. NE, 404-877-1283, straitsrestaurants.com. M

brasserie French American Brasserie (FAB) A reinvention of Atlanta’s famed Brasserie Le Coze, FAB serves a combination of classic French fare and American chops. A covered terrace overlooks the city skyline. 30 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., 404-266-1440, fabatlanta.com. D

brew pub/gormet pub fare Gordon Biersch Fresh-brewed beers are a tasty accent to this brewery-restaurant’s hearty pizzas, salads and sandwiches. For a small additional fee, pre-show diners can leave cars in the lot while they’re at the Fox. 848 Peachtree St. NE, 404-870-0805, gordonbiersch.com. M Tap A gastropub offering easy-to-share pub fare and an extensive beer selection. The patio is a great place to chill after work. 1180 Peachtree St., 404-347-2220, tapat1180.com. M


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Ecco Esquire Magazine named this casual, European-influenced bistro a “Best New Restaurant in America.” It’s also gotten raves for its killer wine list, wood-fired pizzas, and impressive meat and cheese menus. 40 Seventh St. NE, 404-347-9555, ecco-atlanta.com. M

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Room This elegant restaurant serves steak and sushi on the ground floor of the TWELVE Centennial Park hotel. 400 W. Peachtree St., 404-418-1250, roomattwelve.com. D Strip This sophisticated steak, seafood and sushi restaurant offers an in-house DJ and a rooftop deck. Atlantic Station at 18th St., 404-385-2005, heretoserverestaurants.com. M

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Twist This lively restaurant has a huge bar, satay station, tapas menu, and sushi and seafood dishes; patio seating is first-come, first-served. 3500 Peachtree Rd. NW, 404-869-1191, heretoserverestaurants.com. B Ray’s Restaurants Ranked one of the “World’s Best Seafood Restaurants” by Delta Sky Magazine, Ray’s in the City is the downtown location of this phenomenal steak, seafood and sushi chain, and it has a private banquet room. Ray’s Killer Creek offers an award-winning Sunday brunch, and Ray’s on the River is known as one of Atlanta’s most romantic restaurants. All three have excellent food, award-winning wine lists and live entertainment. Three locations: Ray’s in the City: 240 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, 404524-9224; Ray’s on the River: 6700 Powers Ferry Rd., Sandy Springs, 770-955-1187; Ray’s Killer Creek: 1700 Mansell Rd. (at Ga. 400), 770-6490064; raysrestaurants.com. D, SS, A


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Dodger Theatricals Joseph J. Grano Tamara and Kevin Kinsella Pelican Group with Latitude Link and Rick Steiner present

The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Book by

Music by

Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice

Lyrics by

Bob Gaudio Bob Crewe

with

Matt Bailey Joseph Leo Bwarie Josh Franklin Steve Gouveia Christopher DeAngelis Graham Fenton John Gardiner Buck Hujabre Leo Huppert Michelle Knight RenĂŠe Marino Brandon Matthieus Denise Payne Nathan Scherich Brian Silverman Courter Simmons Ryan Strand Katie Tomlinson Kara Tremel Kevin Worley with Jonathan Hadley and Joseph Siravo

Scenic Design

Klara Zieglerova Projection Design

Michael Clark

Costume Design

Wig and Hair Design

Charles LaPointe

Orchestrations

Peter Fulbright

Associate Producer

Lauren Mitchell

Steve Canyon Kennedy

Fight Director

Production Supervisor

Steve Rankin

John Miller

Casting

Tara Rubin Casting

Sound Design

Howell Binkley

Music Coordinator

Steve Orich Technical Supervisor

Lighting Design

Jess Goldstein

Richard Hester

Conductor

Andrew Wilder

Company Manager

R. Doug Rodgers

Executive Producer

Sally Campbell Morse

Production Stage Manager

Tour Booking & Marketing

Broadway Booking Office NYC

Music Direction, Vocal Arrangements & Incidental Music

Ron Melrose Choreography

Sergio Trujillo Directed by

Des McAnuff World Premiere Produced by La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, CA Christopher Ashley, Artistic Director & Steven B. Libman, Managing Director

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cast (in alphabetical order) Tommy DeVito...................................................................................... matt bailey Frankie Valli..............................................................................Joseph Leo Bwarie Frankie Valli (Thu mats, Sun eves, and matinees 6/6, 6/13 & 6/20)...... Graham Fenton Bob Gaudio......................................................................................Josh Franklin Detective Two, Billy Dixon (and others).............................................. John Gardiner Nick Massi......................................................................................STEVE GOUVEIA Bob Crewe (and others)............................................................... Jonathan Hadley Nick DeVito, Stosh, Norman Waxman, Charlie Calello (and others)....... BUCK HUJABRE Mary Delgado, Angel (and others)...................................................... RENÉE MARINO French Rap Star, Detective One, Hal Miller, Barry Belson, Police Officer, Davis (and others).....................Brandon MaTthieus Frankie’s Mother, Nick’s Date, Miss Frankie Nolan, Bob’s Party Girl, Angel, Francine (and others)................................... Denise Payne Joey, Recording Studio Engineer (and others)............................... COURTER SIMMONS Gyp DeCarlo (and others).................................................................. Joseph Siravo Church Lady, Angel, Lorraine (and others).......................................Katie Tomlinson Stanley, Hank Majewski, Crewe’s PA, Accountant, Joe Long (and others)...................................................................Kevin Worley Thugs.................................................................... LEO HUPPERT, Brian Silverman

UNDERSTUDIES Understudies never substitute for listed performers unless a specific announcement is made at the time of the performance. For Frankie Valli: COURTER SIMMONS, RYAN STRAND; for Tommy DeVito: JOHN GARDINER, NATHAN SCHERICH; for Bob Gaudio: BUCK HUJABRE, KEVIN WORLEY; for Nick Massi: CHRISTOPHER DeANGELIS, NATHAN SCHERICH; for Gyp DeCarlo: CHRISTOPHER DeANGELIS, JOHN GARDINER; for Bob Crewe: CHRISTOPHER DeANGELIS, COURTER SIMMONS SWINGS CHRISTOPHER DeANGELIS, MICHELLE KNIGHT, NATHAN SCHERICH, RYAN STRAND, KARA TREMEL Dance Captain: KARA TREMEL Assistant Dance Captain/Fight Captain: CHRISTOPHER DeANGELIS

JERSEY BOYS ORCHESTRA Conductor: Andrew Wilder Associate Conductor: Chris Haberl Keyboards: Caren Cole, Chris Haberl, Andrew Wilder Guitar: Brian Silverman; Bass: Leo Huppert; Drums: Mark Papazian Reeds: Terry Cook, Christopher Miele; Trumpet: Thomas E. Chubb Musician Standby: Nick Dickerson Music Coordinator: John Miller Please silence all electronic devices such as cellular phones, beepers and watches. The use of any recording device, either audio or video, and the taking of photographs, either with or without flash, is strictly prohibited.


cast

matt bailey

joseph leo bwarie

josh franklin

steve gouveia

jonathan hadley

joseph siravo

christopher deangelis

graham fenton

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buck hujabre

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musical numbers ACT ONE “Ces Soirées-La (Oh, What a Night)” – Paris, 2000....... French Rap Star, Backup Group “Silhouettes”.......................................... Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi, Nick DeVito, Frankie Castelluccio “You’re the Apple of My Eye”.....................Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi, Nick DeVito “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love”.....................................Frankie Castelluccio “Earth Angel”.......................................................... Tommy DeVito, Full Company “Sunday Kind of Love”........... Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi, Nick’s Date “My Mother’s Eyes”..........................................................................Frankie Valli “I Go Ape”................................................................................. The Four Lovers “(Who Wears) Short Shorts”...................................................... The Royal Teens “I’m in the Mood for Love/Moody’s Mood for Love”.............................Frankie Valli “Cry for Me”.........................Bob Gaudio, Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi “An Angel Cried”..............................................................Hal Miller and The Rays “I Still Care”............................................... Miss Frankie Nolan and The Romans “Trance”....................................................................... Billy Dixon and The Topix “Sherry”.................................................................................The Four Seasons “Big Girls Don’t Cry”................................................................The Four Seasons “Walk Like a Man”...................................................................The Four Seasons “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)”........................... Bob Gaudio, Full Company “My Boyfriend’s Back”....................................................................... The Angels “My Eyes Adored You”....................Frankie Valli, Mary Delgado, The Four Seasons “Dawn (Go Away)”...................................................................The Four Seasons “Walk Like a Man” (reprise).............................................................Full Company THERE WILL BE ONE 15-MINUTE INTERMISSION ACT TWO “Big Man in Town”...................................................................The Four Seasons “Beggin’”................................................................................The Four Seasons “Stay”........................................................ Bob Gaudio, Frankie Valli, Nick Massi “Let’s Hang On (To What We’ve Got)”..............................Bob Gaudio, Frankie Valli “Opus 17 (Don’t You Worry ‘Bout Me)”............................Bob Gaudio, Frankie Valli and The New Seasons “Bye Bye Baby”.............................................. Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons “C’mon Marianne”......................................... Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”............................................................Frankie Valli “Working My Way Back to You”........................ Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons “Fallen Angel”..................................................................................Frankie Valli “Rag Doll”..............................................................................The Four Seasons “Who Loves You?”..............................................The Four Seasons, Full Company 28 Encore AtlantA


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the four seasons

Photo: Courtesy of The Four Seasons

(l to r) Josh Franklin, Joseph Leo Bwarie, Steve Gouveia and Matt Bailey in Jersey Boys.

(l to r) Bob Gaudio, Frankie Valli, Nick Massi and Tommy DeVito. The Original Four Seasons.

THE ONES THAT GOT AWAY “Ain’t That a Shame” (Domino/Bartholomew) “Candy Girl” (Santos) “Don’t Think Twice” (Dylan) “Girl Come Runnin’” (Gaudio/Crewe) “Grease” (Gibb) “I Make a Fool of Myself” (Gaudio/Crewe) “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” (Porter) “Marlena” (Gaudio) “New Mexican Rose” (Crewe/Calello) “Our Day Will Come” (Hillard/Garson) “Ronnie” (Gaudio/Crewe) 30 Encore AtlantA

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BIOS MATT BAILEY (Tommy DeVito) is honored to be in the Jersey Boys family. Originally from a Northern California neighborhood, he has appeared in over 30 shows in 17 states. New York credits include The Most Happy Fella, Cinderella (Lincoln Center), Ghostbrothers of Darkland County (with John Mellencamp & Stephen King), Mental (Cherry Lane), Night of the Hunter. Regional favorites: Edward II, The Full Monty, Bat Boy, Musical of Musicals (Kevin Kline nom.), Hamlet, Jacques Brel…, the Muny, Williamstown Theatre Festival. Endless thanks to the JBoys team and DGRW. Much love to his wonderful family and bte. For more visit mattbailey.info. JOSEPH LEO BWARIE (Frankie Valli) Opened Jersey Boys Las Vegas as Frankie twice a week and is honored to join this company. Favorites from his early years: Highway to Heaven, Mama’s Family, The Addams Family, Radio Flyer, Batman Returns and seaQuest DSV. He’s performed on the Academy Awards, originated “Chachi” in Happy Days: A New Musical, and co-created six original family musicals produced by Garry Marshall’s Falcon Theatre. Member of LA’s award-winning Troubadour Theater Co. Recent Film/TV: The Princess Diaries 2, Chronic Town, I Hate My 30s and 2009’s Race to Witch Mountain as Frankie Valet. Love to incredible family and phenomenal friends. AEA. Josh Franklin (Bob Gaudio) Josh is an actor singer/songwriter originally from Colorado. He is thrilled to be a part of Jersey Boys! Broadway: Grease 2007 revival (u/s Danny, Teen Angel, Vince), Legally Blonde (u/s Emmett). Tours: All Shook Up (u/s Chad), Disney’s On The Record, Grease (Teen Angel). BFA Webster U. Proud Equity member. Thanks to CSC, Harden Curtis, Tara Rubin casting, the family, the friends and JC for the love and wonderful support. Check out his original music at joshfranklin.net and/or myspace.com/joshfranklinmusic. STEVE GOUVEIA (Nick Massi) Steve is from the original Broadway cast of Jersey Boys. He can also be heard on the original cast recording (2006 Grammy award). Regional: Jersey Boys, The Collected Works of Billy the Kid (La Jolla Playhouse, dir. Des McAnuff), Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues, Hedwig and The Angry Inch and Hair (with Sara Ramirez). As a musician/songwriter, Steve has worked with members of The Doors, Manfred Mann, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Porcupine Tree, Icehouse, A Cast of Thousands, The CBS orchestra and many others. For more info, go to stevegouveia.com 32 Encore AtlantA

JONATHAN HADLEY (Bob Crewe and others) was last seen on Broadway in Jersey Boys, and before that, channeled Marvin Hamlisch and Michael Bennett in A Class Act. Tours: Into the Woods, Joseph…, Fiddler on the Roof, Forbidden Broadway (Australia). Off-Broadway: Finian’s Rainbow, Theda Bara and the Frontier Rabbi, Kuni-Leml. Favorite regional: Dirty Blonde, White Christmas, Loves Labours Lost, Call Me Madam, Yiddle with a Fiddle (Bostone Herald Award). TV: “Another World,” “Sex in the City.” BFA from NCSA, MFA in Directing from Brooklyn College. JOSEPH SIRAVO (Gyp DeCarlo and others) Broadway: The Light in the Piazza, Conversations With My Father, The Boys From Syracuse. OffBroadway: Gemini, Mad Forest, My Night with Reg. Regional: Hamlet, Othello, Antony & Cleopatra, Three Sisters, Sweeney Todd, A View From the Bridge, Last of the Boys. Television: Johnny-Boy Soprano on “The Sopranos.” Film: Carlito’s Way, Maid in Manhattan, Turn the River, Shark Tale, The Wild, 13 Conversations About One Thing. Film Producer: Things That Hang From Trees. Graduate of Stanford and NYU. Christopher DeAngelis (Swing) Proud AEA member. Broadway/Tours: Beauty and the Beast, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Ragtime. Regional: Footloose, Mame, Cabaret. Concert Tours: Perry Como, Kenny Rogers. TV/Film: “One Life to Live,” “Law & Order,” “Sex and the City,” A Beautiful Mind. Thanks to family, friends, Floyd, Emma and Jay for everything. For Mom. Graham Fenton (Frankie Valli Thursday matinees, Sunday evenings and matinees 6/6, 6/13 & 6/20) is thrilled to join the National Tour of Jersey Boys after having worked with the Las Vegas and Broadway companies. Credits: Jesus Christ Superstar w/ Jack Black & Ben Vereen, Candide (title role), Kurt Weill’s Mahagonny (Jim), Pittsburgh Pops w/ Marvin Hamlisch. Graham’s favorite role is husband to his lovely wife Nicole! B.F.A., Carnegie Mellon University. Thanks to Des and the JB creative team, Tara Rubin casting, Stewart Talent, Douglas Ahlstedt, Robert Page and my family. JOHN GARDINER (Billy Dixon and others) Last seen as Timon in the national tour of The Lion King. Regional: Big River (Huck); The Tempest (Ferdinand); Greater Tuna (Arles, etc.); A Christmas Carol (Young Scrooge). BA: Northern Kentucky University; MFA: Alabama Shakespeare Festival. John’s CD, The Way We Weren’t, now available on iTunes. Love to Mom.


bios BUCK HUJABRE (Norm Waxman and others) is humbled and honored to be part of Jersey Boys. This performance is for everyone who encouraged him to follow his heart, and for his wife who made huge sacrifices so he could pursue his dreams. He’s thankful he doesn’t have to bartend for a while. For Bebe Jahn. BuckHujabre.com

Ryan Strand (Swing) feels so blessed to be joining his dream show Jersey Boys! Credits: Off B’way/Nat’l Tour: Altar Boyz (Abraham). Regional: The Full Monty (Malcolm), Do Black Patent… (Eddie Ryan). BFA from Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Love to his family and Becca who told him, “Leap and the net will appear.”

Michelle Knight (Swing) Thrilled to be part of Jersey Boys! Tours: Grease (Rizzo), Annie. Regional: Beauty and the Beast (Belle), …Night Music (Petra), Threepenny Opera (Polly Peachum), Finding Nemo: The Musical (by Bobby and Kristen Anderson-Lopez). Orlando native, B.F.A./UCF. Thanks to the casting/creative teams! Love to Mom, Dad, Orlando family and friends.

Katie Tomlinson (Lorraine and others) Broadway/Production contracts: The Pirate Queen and White Christmas. Tours: The Wedding Banquet. Selected Regional: The Secret Garden (Lily), Oklahoma! (Ado Annie) and How to Succeed… (Rosemary). New England Conservatory graduate. Thanks to Talent House, JB creatives and Tara Rubin Casting. Huge love and thanks to her family, Danny, and BillyD! KARA TREMEL (Swing) National Tour: Beauty and the Beast (Belle u/s). European Tours: Saturday Night Fever (Stephanie Mangano), Grease (Sandy). Canada: Dames at Sea (Ruby). TV: John Woo’s “Once a Thief.” Thanks to family, friends and Jr. She is thrilled to be a part of this fantastic show.

Renée Marino (Mary Delgado and others), a proud Jersey girl from Linden, toured with Disney’s High School Musical (Sharpay Evans u/ s, ensemble), and performed in the show’s world premiere with TOTS. Also: 25th Anniversary tour of Cats (swing), Heatwave — casino revue, Biloxi, M.S. (lead vocalist). Graduate-Wagner College, she thanks God above and her beautiful family! AEA. reneemarino.com BRANDON MATTHIEUS (Barry Belson and others) Broadway: Wicked (Fiyero u/s): Lion King (Simba u/ s). Also: Lion King (Simba, 1st & 2nd U.S. Tours); South Pacific (U.S. Tour w/Michael Nouri); Smokey Joe’s Café (Euro/”Gladys Knight” US Tours). B.A./ M.A., Stanford. Thanks to his incredible family, friends, representation and Jersey Boys. DEnise Payne (Francine and others) NYC.: Young Emily in Follies (Encores!). National tours: Dr. Dolittle (with Tommy Tune), 42nd Street, Footloose and Titanic. Other credits: Liza in Seven Brides... (Papermill), Ruby in Dames at Sea (Helen Hayes Theatre Co.), Marty in Grease (DCT), and Hope in Anything Goes (Artpark). Thanks Mommers! Here’s to hope! Nathan scherich (Swing) Thrilled to be into 2nd year with Jersey Boys family. Born and raised in Durham, N.C.; graduate of Vanderbilt University (Nashville). Regional credits: Goodspeed, North Shore, Westchester, Pioneer and Arvada Center. U.S. Tour: West Side Story (Tony, Atlanta TOTS). Proud fiancé to Allie and father to their cat, Munk. nathanscherich.com. Courter Simmons (Joey and others) OffBroadway: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. National Tour: Beauty and the Beast (LeFou). Regional favorites: A Chorus Line (Mike), Singin’ in the Rain (Cosmo), Violet (Billy Dean) and High School Musical. Film: The Producers. Love to family and J. courtersimmons.com

Kevin Worley (Hank Majewski and others) Broadway: A Chorus Line (Al), White Christmas (Phil u/s), 42nd Street (Billy u/s). Regional: The Light in the Piazza (Fabrizio), Spamalot - Las Vegas (Patsy / Herbert u/s), Mame - Kennedy Center, Gypsy (Tulsa) and West Side Story (Action). Many thanks to all his teachers, professional artists and his amazing family! Go Cardinals! LEO HUPPERT (Thug, Bass) Rock/Pop: Blood, Sweat & Tears, Eileen Ivers, Bobby Caldwell; Broadway: Crazy For You, Sound of Music, Tommy Tune: White Tie & Tails, Sutton Foster @ Lincoln Center; Soundtracks: HBO, ESPN, PBS. BRIAN SILVERMAN (Thug, Guitar) Broadway: Jersey Boys, Movin’ Out, Hairspray. 1st National Tour: Movin’ Out. Off-Broadway: Molly’s Dream. TV soundtracks: “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “The Today Show,” MTV. Film soundtrack: Romance & Cigarettes. His band with his wife Shauna is called Champagne Francis. champagnefrancis.com MARSHALL BRICKMAN (Book) Films (author or co-author): Sleeper, Annie Hall (A. Award), Manhattan, Manhattan Murder Mystery, For the Boys, Intersection; (as writer/director): Simon, Lovesick, The Manhattan Project, Sister Mary Explains it All. Television: “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” (head writer); the ABC “Dick Cavett Show,” (head writer/co-producer; two Emmy Awards). Mr. Brickman entered show business as a musician with the folk group The Tarriers; then, with John and Michelle Phillips, formed the preAtlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 33


bios Mamas and Papas group The New Journeymen. Brickman’s recording (with Eric Weissberg) of the soundtrack of Deliverance earned gold status twice. He has published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Playboy and other periodicals and was the 2006 recipient of the Writers’ Guild of America’s Ian McClellan Hunter Award for Lifetime Achievement. Jersey Boys is his first venture into musical theater. RICK ELICE (Book) Jersey Boys, Rick’s first Broadway credit, won the 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical. How cool is that? From 1982-2000, as creative director at Serino Coyne Inc., he produced ad campaigns for some 300 Broadway shows, from A Chorus Line to The Lion King. Since 2000, he has served as creative consultant for the Walt Disney Studio. B.A., Cornell University; M.F.A., Yale Drama School; Teaching Fellow, Harvard University; charter member, American Repertory Theatre. In 2003, he appeared off-Broadway in Elaine May’s comedy, Adult Entertainment. With Marshall Brickman and Andrew Lippa, he is currently writing a musical based on “The Addams Family.” End of credits. Rick saw his first Broadway show when he was three. His mother said he was very wellbehaved. From that day, he dreamed of working in the theatre. From the age of 19, he has. Heartfelt thanks to those he’s been lucky enough to know, whose work makes him grateful for the day he was born: Sondheim, Stoppard, Bennett, Prince, Fosse, Robbins, Nichols, Tune, Nunn, Laurents, Stone, Kushner, Taymor, Papp, Schumacher, Schneider, Coyne, Brickman and Rees. Rick thinks about them a lot. He never thought about Jersey much. He does now. BOB GAUDIO (Composer) wrote his first hit, “Who Wears Short Shorts,” at 15, for the Royal Teens, and then went on to become a founding member of the Four Seasons and the band’s principal songwriter. He also produced the hit “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” for Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand (Grammy nomination, Record of the Year) as well as six albums for Diamond, including The Jazz Singer. Other producing credits include albums for Frank Sinatra, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and the soundtrack for the film of Little Shop of Horrors. Several songs co-written with Bob Crewe have been cover hits for such artists as the Tremeloes (“Silence Is Golden”), the Walker Brothers (“The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore”) and Lauryn Hill (“Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”). With his wife, Judy Parker, Gaudio produced and co-wrote the Who Loves You album for the Four Seasons and one of Billboard’s longest charted singles (54 weeks), “Oh, What a Night.” A high point in his 34 Encore AtlantA

career came in 1990 when, as a member of the original Four Seasons, Gaudio was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1995, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, which hailed him as “a quintessential musicmaker.” To this day, Bob Gaudio and Frankie Valli still maintain their partnership … on a handshake. BOB CREWE (Lyricist) “New York was pregnant in the ’50s,” says Bob Crewe, “gestating with possibilities.” Crewe and music partner Frank Slay became independent writer-producers when the category hadn’t yet been invented. In 1957 they wrote and produced “Silhouettes” for The Rays, skyrocketing to No. 1. Suddenly, producers in demand, they launched Freddie Cannon’s “Tallahassee Lassie” and Billy & Lillie’s “Lah Dee Da.” Crewe’s 1960s solo unprecedented producing success with The Four Seasons birthed a new sound, striking a major chord in American Pop. “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Candy Girl,” “Ronnie” — all smashes! When lead Frankie Valli demanded a solo turn, Crewe & Bob Gaudio wrote and Crewe produced “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You,” which eventually became the century’s fifth most-played song. Crewe ran hot with artists from Vicki Carr, Oliver, Lesley Gore to Mitch Ryder, cowriting with Charles Fox the soundtrack for Jane Fonda’s film, Barbarella. Then his own Bob Crewe Generation exploded with Music To Watch Girls By. In 1972, Bob was in L.A., where he revived Frankie Valli with “My Eyes Adored You” by Crewe & Kenny Nolan. They also co-wrote Patti LaBelle’s “Lady Marmalade” (No. 1, July ’75) — to re-hit again from the soundtrack of Moulin Rouge (No. 1, June ’01) … David Ritz. DES McANUFF (Director) is a two-time Tony Awardwinning director and artistic director of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. He is Director Emeritus of La Jolla Playhouse, where during his tenure as Artistic Director he directed over 30 productions of classics, new plays, and musicals. Broadway: Aaron Sorkin’s The Farnsworth Invention (2007), Jersey Boys (2006, four Tonys including Best Musical, now also in London, Chicago, National Tour, Vegas, Toronto and upcoming Melbourne), Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays (2004, Tony Award); Dracula, The Musical (2004); How to Succeed… (1995); The Who’s Tommy (director/co-author with Pete Townshend, 1993 Tony Best Director; 1997 London Olivier Best Director/Best Musical); A Walk in the Woods (1988); Big River (1985, seven Tonys including Best Director, Best Musical). Stratford: Romeo and Juliet and Shaw’s Caesar and Cleopatra starring Christopher Plummer. Film: Cousin Bette,


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bios The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (director), Iron Giant (producer), Quills (executive producer). Upcoming: Guys and Dolls on Broadway; adapting Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots for stage with Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips and Aaron Sorkin. SERGIO TRUJILLO (Choreographer) choreographed the 2006 Tony and Olivier Award winning Best Musical Jersey Boys (Olivier, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award nominations), Guys and Dolls, Next to Normal and All Shook Up on Broadway. Recent credits include: Memphis ( LJ Playhouse), Saved (Playwrights Horizons, Lortel nomination), Next to Normal (Second Stage), Romeo and Juliet, The Wiz and Zhivago (LJ Playhouse), Mambo Kings, Disney’s European Tarzan, Kismet and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Encores!), Peggy Sue Got Married (West End), Kiss Me Kate (Japan), The Sound of Music, West Side Story (Stratford Festival), Chita Rivera’s: Chita and All That Jazz, Salome (NYC Opera), The Marriage of Figaro (LA Opera), Ballet Hispanico. TV: “Broadway: The American Musical” (PBS), The 14th American Comedy Awards (ABC), “Triple Sensation” (CBC). Recipient of a 2003 Ovation Award for outstanding choreography in Empire: A New American Musical and three Dora Mavor Moore nominations in Canada. Upcoming on Broadway: The Addams Family and Memphis. RON MELROSE (Music Direction, Vocal Arrangements & Incidental Music) Music Direction: Jersey Boys, Imaginary Friends, Scarlet Pimpernel, Radio City Sinatra, upcoming The Wiz, Caraboo and Waiting for the Moon. Dance/Vocal Arranging: Sweet Smell of Success, Jekyll & Hyde, Perfectly Frank, The Act, Marilyn: An American Fable, Woman of the Year, Cabaret. Composing: Superdimensional Microbabes (upcoming animebased musical), Fourtune (Off-Broadway), The Silver Swan (NEA Fellowship), three theatrical CDs (The Missing Peace, Early One Morning, Songs I Won’t Be Singing), two Harvard Hasty Pudding shows (Tots in Tinseltown, Bewitched Bayou), a gospel-based Requiem, and songs for church, choir, cabaret and “Saturday Night Live.” Harvard (philosophy), Westminster (choral conducting). Thanks and love to Alexandra. KLARA ZIEGLEROVA (Scenic Design) Broadway: Jersey Boys, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe. Off-Broadway: Wrecks, Controversy (Public Theater), Yellowman (MTC), New York Theatre Workshop), Irish Repertory Theatre and others. Regional: La Jolla Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Dallas Theater Center, Portland Center Stage, Seattle Rep, Florida Stage, McCarter Theatre, Wilma Theater, Williamstown, Old Globe Theatre, Ahmanson Theatre and others. 36 Encore AtlantA

International: Saturday Night Fever (Holland), Eden (Cork, Ireland). Interior architecture design: Dodger Stages, New York. Awards: 2003 Drammy Award for Best Set Design, 2000 Carbonell Award for Best Set Design; sets for the Best Touring Production, 2003 L.A. Ovation Award. Graduate of Yale School of Drama. JESS GOLDSTEIN (Costume Design). Selected New York credits include The Apple Tree, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, Lincoln Center’s The Rivals (Tony Award), Julius Caesar with Denzel Washington, Henry IV, Take Me Out, Enchanted April, Proof, Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Most Happy Fella, Dinner With Friends, How I Learned to Drive, Buried Child and The Mineola Twins (Lortel and Hewes Awards). Opera: Jack O’Brien’s Il Trittico (Met, 2007); NYC Opera’s The Pirates of Penzance. Film: A Walk on the Moon, Love! Valour! Compassion! and The Substance of Fire. Upcoming Broadway: The Homecoming and Cymbeline (at Lincoln Center this fall). HOWELL BINKLEY (Lighting Design) B’way works include: Xanadu, LoveMusik, Avenue Q, Bridge and Tunnel, Steel Magnolias, Golda’s Balcony, Hollywood Arms, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Minnelli on Minnelli, The Full Monty, Parade, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Sacrilege, Taking Sides, How to Succeed…, High Society and Grease. Off B’way: Landscape of the Body, Sinatra at Radio City, Batboy: The Musical and Radiant Baby. The Kennedy Center’s Sondheim Celebration. Parsons Dance (co-founder), Alvin Ailey, ABT, The Joffrey Ballet (Billboards). Five-time Helen Hayes Award recipient. 1993 Sir Laurence Olivier Award and Canadian Dora for Spider Woman. 2006 Henry Hewes Design Award, 2006 Outer Critics Circle Award and 2006 Tony Award for Jersey Boys. STEVE CANYON KENNEDY (Sound Design) was the production engineer on such Broadway shows as Cats, Starlight Express, Song & Dance, The Phantom of the Opera, Carrie and Aspects of Love. His Broadway sound design credits include Mary Poppins, The Lion King, Jersey Boys (Drama Desk Award), Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays, Hairspray, The Producers, Aida, Titanic, Big, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Carousel and The Who’s Tommy (Drama Desk Award). Steve is married to actress Loni Ackerman and together they have two sons, Jack and George. MICHAEL CLARK (Projection Design) designs film and video for live events. Credits include Ring of Fire (Broadway and Studio Arena Theatre); 700 Sundays (Broadway and La Jolla); Dracula the Musical (Broadway and La Jolla); The Elephant Man (Broadway); Manon Lescaut (Washington Opera);


bios Allegro, One Red Flower and Hedwig (Signature Theatre); The Last Five Years (Philadelphia Theate Company); Company, Sunday in the Park With George and Merrily We Roll Along (Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration); Spider-Man Live (national tour); Music From a Sparkling Planet (Drama Dept); Aeros (national tour); and Dinner With Friends (ACT). CHARLES LaPOINTE (Wig/Hair Design) B’way: A Raisin in the Sun, Henry IV, The Rivals, Good Vibrations, Sight Unseen, The Apple Tree, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, High Fidelity, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Radio Golf, The Color Purple, Julius Caesar, Xanadu. Regional credits include McCarter, Alliance, American Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Hartford Stage and La Jolla Playhouse. Opera credits include Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Santa Fe Opera, Minnesota Opera, Opera Omaha and Philadelphia Opera Company. Love to James. STEVE RANKIN (Fight Director) Broadway: Henry IV parts I and II, Guys and Dolls, Jersey Boys, The Farnsworth Invention, Dracula the Musical, Twelfth Night, Two Shakespearean Actors, Anna Christie, The Real Inspector Hound, Getting Away With Murder and The Who’s Tommy. Off-Broadway: The Third Story, The Night Hank Williams Died and Below the Belt. Stratford Shakespeare Festival: Romeo and Juliet, Caesar and Cleopatra. Metropolitan Opera: Rodelinda, Iphegenie at Tauride. RICHARD HESTER (Production Supervisor). Broadway: Jersey Boys, Gypsy, Sweet Smell of Success, Annie Get Your Gun, Patti LuPone’s Matters of the Heart, A Delicate Balance, The Old Neighborhood, Titanic, The Phantom of the Opera, The Red Shoes, The Secret Garden. National tours: Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story. Regional: Jersey Boys (La Jolla Playhouse). Production supervised Patti LuPone’s national concert appearances. Cofounder/producer of Broadway Barks! with Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore.

La Jolla Playhouse, California Shakespeare Theater. BFA Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Love and thanks to Mom and friends at home in NYC. STEVE ORICH (Orchestrations) has worked as an Orchestrator, Composer and Musical Director in NY and LA for more than 25 years, with numerous credits in film, television and theatre. Most recently, he’s written orchestrations for Paint Your Wagon, 110 in the Shade, Snapshots and Can-Can and he received a Tony nomination for his work on Jersey Boys. He has orchestrated and conducted albums for artists, including Helen Reddy, Judy Kaye, Debbie Gravitte, Petula Clark and Deborah Gibson. His orchestrations have been performed by the Boston Pops, and at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the White House and around the world. JOHN MILLER (Music Coordinator) Recent Broadway: Xanadu, Les Mis, Grey Gardens, Drowsy Chaperone; Beauty and the Beast; Hairspray; Coram Boy; Threepenny Opera; Lennon; Sweeney Todd; The Producers; Movin’ Out; Sweet Charity; Caroline, or Change; Little Shop…; Thoroughly Modern Millie; 42nd Street; Urinetown; Nine; La Bohème; Big River; Never Gonna Dance; Thou Shalt Not; By Jeeves; Follies; Oklahoma!; Jekyll & Hyde; The Rocky Horror Show; Seussical; The Music Man; Fosse; Swing!; Kat and the Kings; The Civil War; Triumph of Love. Studio musician (bass): Michael Jackson, Madonna, Portishead, Eric Clapton, BB King, Sinatra, Carly Simon, Celine Dion, Smashing Pumpkins, Tommy Flanagan, Pete Seeger, NY Philharmonic.

Anna Belle Gilbert (Stage Manager) Touring: The Light in the Piazza (1st National Tour) Regional: The Cherry Orchard (Mark Taper Forum), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Quality of Life (Geffen Playhouse), Purlie, Doubt, Vincent in Brixton, Enchanted April, Talley’s Folly and many others (Pasadena Playhouse). Thank you to my family and to the girls.

ANDREW WILDER (Conductor) has appeared in various musical capacities (music director, conductor, pianist, arranger) on Broadway (including Jersey Boys, Little Women, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Jekyll & Hyde, Dream, Swing!, Sweet Smell of Success); off-Broadway (including Annie Warbucks, The Fantasticks, The Spitfire Grill, The Prince and the Pauper, Zombies from the Beyond); national tours (including The Scarlet Pimpernel, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chess); and regional theater (including The Goodspeed Opera House, George Street Playhouse, Coconut Grove Playhouse, and Cleveland Playhouse). Andrew has a BA from Columbia University and an MFA from the New York University Tisch School of the Arts Musical Theatre Program. He would like to thank his wife Karen for all her love and support.

Paige Grant (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to be back with Jersey Boys. New York: To Be or Not to Be and From Up Here with Manhattan Theatre Club. Las Vegas: Jersey Boys. Regional:

PETER FULBRIGHT/TECH PRODUCTION SERVICES (Technical Supervision) Recent Broadway, London, and National Tours: Hairspray, 13, Curtains, Bombay Dreams, 42nd Street, Urinetown, Into The Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 37


bios Woods, Vampires, Farnsworth Invention, Inherit the Wind, Dame Edna, 16 Wounded, Anna… Tropics, Enchanted April, Frog & Toad, Life X3, Ma Rainey’s, Elephant Man, TopDog, and Blast!. Peter has supervised over 70 Broadway productions and national tours. Favorites include Aspects of Love, Rocky Horror, Real Thing, Swing!, Amadeus, Sound of Music, On the Town, Scarlet Pimpernel, Triumph of Love, Footloose, Mattress, Forum, Smokey Joe’s, Moon Over Buffalo, Crazy for You, Guys & Dolls, Joseph..., Secret Garden, Starlight Express, Drood, Singin’ in the Rain, Foxfire.  TARA RUBIN CASTING (Casting). Broadway/Tours: Young Frankenstein, Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins; My Fair Lady; The Pirate Queen; Les Misérables; The History Boys; Spamalot; …Spelling Bee; The Producers; Mamma Mia!; Phantom…; Good Vibrations; Bombay Dreams; Oklahoma!; Flower Drum Song; Imaginary Friends; Metamorphoses; Disney’s On the Record; The Frogs; Contact; Thou Shalt Not; A Man of No Importance. Second Stage, Williamstown, Kennedy Center, La Jolla, Yale Rep. Film: The Producers. BROADWAY BOOKING OFFICE NYC (Tour Booking, Engagement Management & Marketing) is a leading theatrical tour booking, marketing and press company, distributing musicals, plays and attractions: Jersey Boys, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific, Hair, Les Misérables, NETworks presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Rat Pack is Back!, An Evening with Lucille Ball: Thank You for Asking, Roger Rees in What You Will, Waistwatchers, Wonderland, My Fair Lady, The Light in the Piazza and Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands. bbonyc.com KELLY DEVINE (Associate Choreographer) Theatre credits include: Wozzeck for the San Diego opera, Private Fittings, Zhivago (the workshop), all directed by Des McAnuff, Sneaux (LA Weekly Award for Best Choreographer), and Encounters, a new musical. Films include: Happy Texas, 30 Days Til I’m Famous, BoyChik and Zombie Prom. Kelly recently was the associate choreographer on The Wiz. Next up is choreographing Bloody Andrew Jackson, a new musical for CTG in Los Angeles, and Rock of Ages for a New York off-Broadway production. STEPHEN GABIS (Dialect Coach) B’way: Doubt, Steel Magnolias, Dracula, Taboo, The Boy From Oz, Joe Egg, “Master Harold”…, Present Laughter, A Doll’s House. Venues: Roundabout, MTC, Playwrights, Atlantic, the New Group, MCC, the Public, Second Stage, Williamstown,Yale Rep, McCarter, Hartford Stage, Primary Stages, LCT, Long Wharf, Westport. Film contributions: Million 38 Encore AtlantA

Dollar Baby, Ballad of Bettie Page, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Boys Don’t Cry. DODGER THEATRICALS (Producer) A producing partnership made up of Michael David, Edward Strong, Rocco Landesman and Des McAnuff. Originated at BAM in 1978, migrated to NY Shakespeare Festival, then off and on Broadway, where they’ve shared in a host of Tony and Obie Awards. On Broadway: Currently Jersey Boys; also The Farnsworth Invention, 42nd Street, Urinetown, Dracula, Good Vibrations, Into the Woods (Original and ’02), The Music Man, Blast!, Titanic, Wrong Mountain, Footloose, Mandy Patinkin in Concert, High Society, 1776, …Forum, The King and I, The Who’s Tommy, Ralph Fiennes’ Hamlet, Guys and Dolls, Once Upon a Mattress, How to Succeed in Business..., Jelly’s Last Jam, The Secret Garden, Prelude to a Kiss, Gospel at Colonus, Big River, Pump Boys and Dinettes. Off-Broadway: Drumstruck, Symphonie Fantastique, Bare, Barbra’s Wedding, Duet, Savion Glover Downtown. JOSEPH J. GRANO, JR. (Producer) is Chairman/ CEO of Centurion Holdings LLC, an advisor to private and public companies. From 2001-2004, Mr. Grano was Chairman of UBS Financial Services Inc. (formerly PaineWebber). While at PaineWebber, Mr. Grano chaired the Board of Governors of the National Association of Security Dealers (NASD). In 2002, Mr. Grano was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as the Chairman of the Homeland Security Advisory Council. He proudly served his country as a Captain in the U.S. Special Forces (Green Berets). Due to his commitment to education, Mr. Grano received the Corporate Leadership Award from the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund. Other awards include the USO Gold Medal for Distinguished Service and The Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He is also a member of the Council for the United States and Italy, a member of both the City University of New York’s Business Leadership Council and the Board of Directors at Lenox Hill Hospital. KEVIN AND TAMARA KINSELLA (Producers) Kevin Kinsella has been investing in earlystage technology companies for more than two decades, primarily through Avalon Ventures, a firm he founded. Among the companies he founded are Athena Neurosciences, Aurora Biosciences, Landmark Graphics Corporation, Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Synaptics, Senomyx, Vertex Pharmaceuticals and Vocera Communications. He is a Life Sustaining Fellow at MIT, a member of Johns Hopkins SAIS Dean’s Advisory Counsel and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


bios Both lifelong environmentalists and outdoor enthusiasts, Kevin met Tamara in Alaska during the Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup. They both have been active supporting the La Jolla Playhouse and the San Diego Museum of Art. Jersey Boys is their first Broadway show. Mr. Kinsella’s father, Walter A. Kinsella, was a career actor on Broadway, radio television and cinema. He first appeared on Broadway in 1924 in What Price Glory? THE PELICAN GROUP (Producer), a San Diego production company, is enthusiastic about supporting this production of Jersey Boys. The Group, assembled by Ivor and Colette Royston, consists of Todd and Debby Buchholz, Edward and Martha Dennis, Eric and Marsi Gardiner, Cam and Wanda Garner, Richard and Patricia Harmetz, Irwin and Joan Jacobs, Hal and Debby Jacobs, Paul and Stacy Jacobs, Jeff and Deni Jacobs, John and Angie Longenecker, Rao Makineni, Nevins and Margaret McBride, Ray Mirra, Shearn Platt, Edward Richard, Drew and Noni Senyei, Steven Strauss and Lise Wilson. Mr. Royston co-produced the TV film Dreams of Gold: The Mel Fisher Story (w/ Cliff Robertson and Loretta Swit, 1986) and the feature film Soultaker (1990). LATITUDE LINK (Producer) has been a supporter of the performing arts for many years. They are especially thankful to the Four Seasons for a compelling story, to Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice for putting it to paper, and to Des McAnuff and La Jolla Playhouse for bringing it to the stage. RICK STEINER (Producer) Of the 11 Broadway musicals Rick has co-produced, Jersey Boys, Hairspray, The Producers and Big River won Tony Awards for Best Musical. In 1954, at age eight, Rick made his stage debut opposite Gene Lockhart in On Borrowed Time and then promptly retired. Rick has won six poker championships including the 1992 World Series of Poker 7-Stud Hi-Lo event. He resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with his children Ace and Duke, and sits on the ownership bench of his beloved Cincinnati Reds. LAUREN MITCHELL (Associate Producer). As producer, on Broadway: Urinetown, Into the Woods (‘02 revival), Wrong Mountain, High Society. OffBroadway: Barbra’s Wedding, Bare. As actress, on Broadway: The Boys From Syracuse, Me and My Girl, Nine, Annie, City of Angels (L.A.), Into the Woods (original cast and PBS American Playhouse) and numerous off-Broadway, regional, television and concert appearances. LA JOLLA PLAYHOUSE (Original Producer) has received more than 300 awards for theater 40 Encore AtlantA

excellence, including the 1993 Tony Award as America’s Outstanding Regional Theatre. Located in La Jolla, Calif., the Playhouse is nationally acclaimed for its innovative productions of classics, new plays and musicals. Led by Christopher Ashley, Artistic Director; Steven B. Libman, Managing Director; Shirley Fishman, Associate Artistic Director and Des McAnuff, Director Emeritus, the Playhouse was founded in 1947 by Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire and Mel Ferrer. More than 30 Playhouse productions have moved to Broadway, garnering 23 Tony Awards, including Big River, The Who’s Tommy, How to Succeed in Business…,Thoroughly Modern Millie, Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays and the Pulitzer Prizewinning I Am My Own Wife, fostered as part of the Playhouse’s Page To Stage New Play Development Program. Visit lajollaplayhouse.org. STAFF FOR JERSEY BOYS General Management DODGER MANAGEMENT GROUP Engagement Booking, Management & Marketing BROADWAY BOOKING OFFICE NYC Steven Schnepp Temah Higgins Kent McIngvale Jen Salez David Freeland COMPANY MANAGER R. Doug Rodgers National Press Representatives BONEAU/BRYAN-BROWN Adrian Bryan-Brown Susanne Tighe Heath Schwartz PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER...................... ERIC INSKO Stage Manager.................................... Anna Belle Gilbert Assistant Stage Manager................................Paige Grant Senior Associate General Manager...... Jennifer F. Vaughan Associate General Manager..................... Flora Johnstone Assistant General Manager...................Dean A. Carpenter Assistant Production Supervisor....................... Jeff Parvin Technical Supervision............... Tech Production Services/ Peter Fulbright, Mary Duffe, Colleen Houlehen, Robert Spink Music Technical Design...................... Deborah N. Hurwitz Assistant Directors............................Holly-Anne Ruggiero, West Hyler, Daisy Walker Associate Choreographer...............................Kelly Devine Assistant Choreographers....... Danny Austin, Caitlin Carter Associate Music Supervisor....................... Michael Rafter Dialect Coach...........................................Stephen Gabis Assistant Company Manager.................. Bridget A. Stegall Associate Scenic Designer............................. Nancy Thun Assistant Scenic Designers.................... Sonoka Gozelski, Matthew Myhrum Associate Costume Designer...........................Alejo Vietti Assistant Costume Designers........China Lee, Elizabeth Flauto Associate Lighting Designer......................Patricia Nichols Assistant Lighting Designer.................... Sarah EC Maines Associate Sound Designer.........................Andrew Keister


bios Assistant Sound Designer......................... Walter Trarbach Associate Projection Designer.................Jason Thompson Assistant Projection Designer......................... Chris Kateff Story Board Artist......................................... Don Hudson Casting Directors........Tara Rubin, CSA; Merri Sugarman, CSA Casting Associates.... Eric Woodall, CSA; Laura Schutzel, CSA Casting Assistants.............................. Rebecca Carfagna, Paige Blansfield, Dale Brown Automated Lighting Programmer..................... Hillary Knox Projection Programming............................. Paul Vershbow Set Model Builder.......................................... Anne Goelz Costume Intern..................................... Christine Tschirgi Costume Shopper............................................Katie Irish Production Carpenter........................................Mike Kelly Head Carpenter................................................Dale Lane Assistant Carpenters......Douglas “Pablo” Moscinski, Tim Perry Advance Carpenter/Swing.................. Mike “P2” O’Connor Production Electrician................................James Fedigan Head Electrician........................................... Joe Bradford Assistant Electricians...................Brian “Shovels” Davies, Jeffrey “Swing” Holtz Production Sound Engineer........................ Julie Randolph Head Sound................................................ Jon Massena Assistant Sound.................................. Demetrius Grandel Production Props.......................................Emiliano Pares Head Props...................................................David Krugh Assistant Props..................................... Robert Garcia, Jr. Production Wardrobe Supervisor....................Lee J. Austin Wardrobe Supervisor................................Gerbie Connolly Asst. Wardrobe Supervisor....................... Michael Murphy “Four Seasons” Dresser........................ Timothy J. Kerber Hair Supervisor.......................................... Janelle Leone Hair Assistant.........................................Desiree Ricottilli Assistant to John Miller............................. Melissa Heller Synthesizer Programming..... Deborah N. Hurwitz, Steve Orich Music Copying ........................Anixter Rice Music Service Music Production Assistant............................ Amy Ashton Production Assistants..............................Bryan Rountree, Scott Rowen, Sarah Tschirpke Dramaturg................................................Allison Horsley Advertising..........................................Serino Coyne, Inc. Marketing...........................................Dodger Marketing/ Gordon Kelly, Jessica Ludwig Travel Agent.............................. Silva Jenabian, Pro Travel Hotel Booking................ Lisa Morris, Road Concierge.com Banking.................. Commerce Bank: Barbara von Borstel Payroll............Castellana Services Inc.: Lance Castellana, Norman Seawell, James Castellana Accountants...........................Schall and Ashenfarb, C.P.A. Finance Director.................................... Paula Maldonado Insurance........................................ AON/Albert G. Rubin Insurance Services, Inc./George Walden, Claudia Kaufman Counsel.................................................Nan Bases, Esq. Special Events........................................... John L. Haber MIS Services........................ Rivera Technics: Sam Rivera Web Design/Maintenance......... Curious Minds Media, Inc. www.curiousm.com Production Photographer...............................Joan Marcus Theatre Displays.........................................King Displays Official Website www.JerseyBoysInfo.com

DODGERS Dodger Theatricals Richard Biederman, Sandra Carlson, Dean A. Carpenter, Michael David, Anne Ezell, Lauren Freed, John L. Haber, Richard Hester, Flora Johnstone, Gordon Kelly, Jennifer Hindman Kemp, Lauren Klein, Abigail Kornet, Pamela Lloyd, James Elliot Love, Jessica Ludwig, Paula Maldonado, Lauren Mitchell, Sally Campbell Morse, Ed Nelson, Jeff Parvin, Samuel Rivera, R. Doug Rodgers, Maureen Rooney, Bill Schaeffer, Andrew Serna, David Ryan Spry, Bridget A. Stegall, Edward Strong, Tim Sulka, Ashley Tracey, Ann E. Van Nostrand, Jennifer F. Vaughan, Lauren White, Laurinda Wilson, Josh Zeigler LA JOLLA PLAYHOUSE Artistic Director................................... Christopher Ashley Managing Director................................ Steven B. Libman Associate Artistic Director........................ Shirley Fishman Director Emeritus.........................................Des McAnuff General Manager..................................... Debby Buchholz Associate General Manager............................Jenny Case Director of Marketing.................................Joan Cumming Director of Development.................................. Ellen Kulik Director of Finance..................................... John T. O’Dea Director of Education and Outreach...............Steve McCormick Production Manager................................... Peter J. Davis Associate Production Manager.................Linda S. Cooper Technical Director..........................................Brian Busch Associate Technical Directors....................Chris Borreson, Chris Kennedy Costume Shop Manager........................... Susan Makkoo Sound Supervisor.................................... Peter Hashagen Lighting Supervisor......................................... Mike Doyle Prop Master................................................. Debra Hatch Charge Scenic Artist.................................... Mark Jensen Theatre Operations Manager.......................... Ned Collins CREDITS Scenery, show control and automation by ShowMotion, Inc., Norwalk, CT. Sound equipment by Masque Sound. Select guitars provided by Gibson Guitars. Projection equipment by Sound Associates. Costumes executed by Carelli Costumes, Studio Rouge, Saint Laurie Merchant Tailors, CarmenGee. com, Breian Hemesath and Maria Ficarola Knitwear Ltd. Specialty dying and printing by Gene Mignola, Inc. Dance Shoes by Worldtone Dance. Hosiery and undergarments by Bra*Tenders. Props provided and executed by The Spoon Group and Downtime Productions. Rehearsed at the New 42nd Street Studios. Scenic drops adapted from George Tice: Urban Landscapes/ W.W. Norton. Other photographs featured are from George Tice: Selected Photographs 1953-1999/David R. Godine. (Photographs courtesy of the Peter Fetterman Gallery/ Santa Monica.) SONG CREDITS “Ces Soirées-La (“Oh, What a Night”)” (Bob Gaudio, Judy Parker, Yannick Zolo, Edmond David Bacri). Jobete Music Company Inc., Seasons Music Company (ASCAP).

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bios “Silhouettes” (Bob Crewe, Frank Slay, Jr.), Regent Music Corporation (BMI). “You’re the Apple of My Eye” (Otis Blackwell), EMI Unart Catalog Inc. (BMI). “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh), EMI April Music Inc., Aldi Music Company, Cotton Club Publishing (ASCAP). ���Earth Angel” (Jesse Belvin, Curtis Williams, Gaynel Hodge), Embassy Music Corporation (BMI). “Sunday Kind of Love” (Barbara Belle, Anita Leanord Nye, Stan Rhodes, Louis Prima), LGL Music Inc./Larry Spier, Inc. (ASCAP). “My Mother’s Eyes” (Abel Baer, L. Wolfe Gilbert), Abel Baer Music Company, EMI Feist Catalog Inc. (ASCAP). “I Go Ape” (Bob Crewe, Frank Slay, Jr.), MPL Music Publishing Inc. (ASCAP). “(Who Wears) Short Shorts” (Bob Gaudio, Bill Crandall, Tom Austin, Bill Dalton), EMI Longitude Music, Admiration Music Inc., Third Story Music Inc., and New Seasons Music (BMI). “I’m in the Mood for Love” (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh), Famous Music Corporation (ASCAP). “Moody’s Mood for Love” (James Moody, Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh), Famous Music Corporation (ASCAP). “Cry for Me” (Bob Gaudio), EMI Longitude Music, Seasons Four Music (BMI). “An Angel Cried” (Bob Gaudio), EMI Longitude Music (BMI). “I Still Care” (Bob Gaudio), Hearts Delight Music, Seasons Four Music (BMI). “Trance” (Bob Gaudio), Hearts Delight Music, Seasons Four Music (BMI). “Sherry” (Bob Gaudio), MPL Music Publishing Inc. (ASCAP). “Big Girls Don’t Cry” (Bob Gaudio, Bob Crewe), MPL Music Publishing Inc. (ASCAP). “Walk Like a Man” (Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio), Gavadima Music, MPL Communications Inc. (ASCAP). “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)” (Bob Gaudio, Judy Parker), Jobete Music Company Inc, Seasons Music Company (ASCAP). “My Boyfriend’s Back” (Robert Feldman, Gerald Goldstein, Richard Gottehrer), EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI). “My Eyes Adored You” (Bob Crewe, Kenny Nolan), Jobete Music Company Inc, Kenny Nolan Publishing (ASCAP), Stone Diamond Music Corporation, Tannyboy Music (BMI). “Dawn, Go Away” (Bob Gaudio, Sandy Linzer), EMI Full Keel Music, Gavadima Music, Stebojen Music Company (ASCAP). “Big Man in Town” (Bob Gaudio), EMI Longitude Music (BMI), Gavadima Music (ASCAP). “Beggin’” (Bob Gaudio, Peggy Farina), EMI Longitude Music, Seasons Four Music (BMI). “Stay” (Maurice Williams), Cherio Corporation (BMI). “Let’s Hang On (To What We’ve Got)” (Bob Crewe, Denny Randell, Sandy Linzer), EMI Longitude Music, Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc., Seasons Four Music (BMI). “Opus 17 (Don’t You Worry ’Bout Me)” (Denny Randell, Sandy Linzer) Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc, Seasons Four Music (BMI). “Everybody Knows My Name” (Bob Gaudio, Bob Crewe), EMI Longitude Music, Seasons Four Music (BMI). “Bye Bye Baby” (Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio), EMI Longitude Music, Seasons Four Music (BMI). “C’mon Marianne” (L. Russell Brown, Ray Bloodworth), EMI Longitude Music and Seasons Four Music (BMI). “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” (Bob Gaudio, Bob Crewe), EMI Longitude Music, Seasons Four Music (BMI). “Working My Way Back to You” (Denny Randell, Sandy Linzer), Screen Gems – EMI Music Inc, Seasons Four Music (BMI). “Fallen Angel” (Guy Fletcher, Doug Flett), Chrysalis Music (ASCAP). “Rag Doll” (Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio), EMI Longitude Music (BMI), Gavadima Music (ASCAP). “Who Loves You?” (Bob Gaudio, Judy Parker), Jobete Music Company Inc, Seasons Music Company (ASCAP).

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IN MEMORY It is difficult to imagine producing anything without the presence of beloved Dodger producing associate James Elliot Love. Friend to everyone he met, James stood at the heart of all that is good about the theatrical community. He will be missed, but his spirit abides.

The actors and stage managers employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. Backstage and Front of the House Employees are represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (or I.A.T.S.E.). The musicians employed in this production are members of the American Federation of Musicians. United Scenic Artists represents the designers and scenic painters for the American Theatre. The Director and Choreographer are members of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Inc., an independent national labor union. The Press Agents and Company Managers employed in this production are represented by the Association of Theatrical Press Agents & Managers. The Dramatists Guild – The Professional Association of Playwrights, Lyricists and Composers.


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FOR YOUR INFORMATION The Theatre A fully restored 1929 “Movie Palace,” the Fox Theatre, with 4,678 seats, is a multiple-purpose facility, housing Broadway shows, ballet, symphonies, concerts, movies, and private corporate events. Private Rooms The Fox Theatre has three private rental spaces, with accommodations for 25 to 1,200 guests. Our Egyptian Ballroom and Grand Salon are beautifully decorated and can be set up to your specifications. The brand new Landmarks Lounge is adjacent to the lobby and is perfect for a small pre-show and intermission event. All rooms include the Fox Theatre’s professional sales and coordination staff. To book your ”Fabulous Fox“ evening, please call 404.881.2100 or visit us at www.foxtheatre.org. The Box Office The Fox Theatre Box Office is located in the arcade entrance to the theater. The Box Office is open for walk up ticket sales Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., and Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The Fox Theatre Box Office is not open on Sundays unless there is a performance. During Events, the Box Office opens two hours prior to show time. Doors to the Fox open one hour prior to show time. Tickets for all performances at the Fox may be purchased at any TICKETMASTER outlet, by calling TICKETMASTER at 404.817.8700 or 404.249.6400, or by visiting the Fox Theatre Box Office in person during regular Box Office hours. You may purchase tickets for a particular nights performance that night only until 8pm at the box office. Concessions Concession stands are located in the Spanish Room, adjacent to the main lobby, and on the mezzanine lobby level. Restrooms Restrooms are located on the main lobby and mezzanine lobby levels. Restrooms are also located on the Gallery level. Restrooms for patrons who are physically challenged are located in the Spanish Room. Gift Shop The Fox Theatre operates a gift shop selling history books, T-shirts, sweatshirts, and an assortment of other theaterrelated merchandise. The gift shop is located in the main lobby and is open at each performance. Tours Tours of the Fox Theatre are available through the Atlanta Preservation Center. Tours are conducted Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Tours begin in the Peachtree Street Arcade entrance to the theater. For more information on tours and to confirm the tour schedule, please call the Atlanta Preservation Center at 404.688.3353.

Smoking In accordance with the Fulton County Clean Air Ordinance, the Fox Theatre is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas. Special Needs Ken Shook, Patron Services Director, is our liaison to the disabled community. He can be reached at 404.881.2118 and can provide information on such topics as the locations and prices of accessible seating and other programs for the disabled. The Fox Theatre also has a new brochure detailing all of these programs for our patrons with special needs. They are available at the Guest Relations Table. Fox Ambassadors are located at the Guest Relations Table in the main lobby at the Fox Theatre Merchandise Kiosk to offer their assistance, theater information, and several rental items to enhance your performance enjoyment. An audio clarification device (Phonic Ear) is available for patrons with hearing disabilities. It is available, free of charge, on a first-come, first-serve basis on the evening of a performance, or you may reserve a device by calling the Patron Services Director. A limited number of booster seats are also available free of charge. Binoculars are available for sale. All items require a form of identification to be held until the item is returned. Elevators Elevators are located at the north end of each lobby. The elevators are available during all performances and make it possible to access each lobby without the use of stairs. Parking Parking is available within a four-block radius in all directions of the Fox Theatre. Advanced reserved parking is available for sale at the Fox Box Office or by calling TICKETMASTER at 404.817.8700. The Fox Theatre assumes no responsibility for vehicles parked in any of the privately owned parking lots operating in the Fox Theatre district. Performance Notes All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket in order to be admitted to the Theatre. Please be aware that not all events are suitable for children. Infants will not be admitted to adult programs/performances. Parents will be asked to remove children who create a disturbance. Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the management, in conjunction with the wishes of the producers. Please turn off all pagers and cell phones prior to the beginning of each performance. Please limit conversation during the performances. Camera and recording devices are strictly prohibited.

Lost and Found Lost and Found items are turned in to the House Manager’s office. To check on lost items, please call the House Manager at 404.881.2075. Lost and Found items will be retained for 30 days. Emergency Information In the event of an emergency, please walk to the nearest exit. Do Not Run.

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GOLDEN RULES The following brief, but important article has been published to assist in audience etiquette. To this day we get at least one phone call a week asking for reprint rights. These calls and letters come from orchestras and theaters, opera and ballet companies all over the United States and Canada, big and little troupes alike. The message, telegraphed between the lines, seems to be an S.O.S.: American audiences are out of control. Are they? Here’s a refresher course. Please read on, and remember, part of one’s pact as an audience member is to take seriously the pleasure of others, a responsibility fulfilled by quietly attentive (or silently inattentive) and selfcontained behavior. After all, you can be as demonstrative as you want during bows and curtain calls. 1. Go easy with the atomizer; many people are highly allergic to perfume and cologne. 2. If you bring a child, make sure etiquette is part of the experience. Children love learning new things. 3. Unwrap all candies and cough drops before the curtain goes up or the concert begins. 4. Make sure cell phones, beepers, and watch alarms are OFF. And don't jangle the bangles. 5. The overture is part of the performance. Please cease talking at this point. 6. Note to lovebirds: When you lean your heads together, you block the view of the person behind you. Leaning forward also blocks the view. 7. THOU SHALT NOT TALK, or hum, or sing along, or beat time with a body part. 8. Force yourself to wait for a pause or intermission before rifling through a purse, backpack or shopping bag. 9. Yes, the parking lot gets busy and public transportation is tricky, but leaving while the show is in progress is discourteous. 10. Honor the old standby: Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you. 46 Encore AtlantA

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Allan C. Vella . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . General Manager Adina Alford Erwin . . . . . . . Assistant General Manager Pat “Sunshine” Tucker . . . . . . . . . . Box Office Manager Ben Neill . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Box Office Manager Robert Burnett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Controller Jennifer S. Farmer . . . . . . . . Director of Sales/Ballrooms Oliver Diamantstein . . . . . . Director/Food and Beverage Len Tucker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Operations Pat Prill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . House Manager Greta Duke . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant House Manager Kristen Delaney . . . . . . . . . . Director of Marketing & PR Ken Shook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patron Services Director Shelly Kleppsattel . . . . . . Booking & Contract Associate Jamie Vosmeier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Group Sales Director Molly Fortune . . . . . . Preservation Department Manager Andrew Nielsen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Production Manager Rebecca J. Graham . . . . . Assistant Production Manager Amy Mark . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Production Manager Gary Hardaway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Master Carpenter Larry Watson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . House Flyman Scott Hardin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Property Master Ray T. Haynie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Master Electrician Cary Oldknow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Electrician Rodney Amos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Sound Engineer Larry Douglas Embury . . . . . . . . . Organist In Residence Tammy Folds . . . . . . . . . . . Production Security Manager

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND BOARD MEMBERS Alan E. Thomas . . . . . . . . . . . . Chairman of the Board Edward L. White . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President Robert L. Foreman Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1st Vice President Beauchamp C. Carr . . . . . . . . . . . . 2nd Vice President John A. Busby Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3rd Vice President Julia Sprunt Grumbles . . . . . . . . . . . . 4th Vice President Edward Hutchison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Treasurer Robyn Rieser Barkin . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Treasurer Clara Hayley Axam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Secretary Walter R. Huntley, Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Member at Large Robert E. Minnear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Member at Large Carl V. Patton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Member at Large Ada Lee Correll, Richard Courts IV, Keith Cowan, F. Sheffield Hale, John R. Holder, Florence Inman, Craig B. Jones, Steve Koonin, Charles Lawson, Starr Moore, Jay Myers, Joe G. Patten, Glen J. Romm, Sylvia Anderson Russell, Nancy Gordy Simms, Clyde C. Tuggle, Carolyn Lee Wills.

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ALL ABOARD! Thomas & Friends Live On Stage: A Circus Comes to Town BY KRISTI CASEY SANDERS

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he people of the magical island of Sodor are panicked. The circus is coming, and they only have one day to prepare! Luckily, Thomas the Tank Engine will figure it out, with a little help from his friends. “I play Percy’s driver,” says Ricky Whitfield. “Percy is Thomas’ best friend. He gets picked on, but [people] can always depend on Percy and Percy’s driver to get the job done.” One way the people (and trains) of Sodor get things done is through audience assistance. “We sing a lot of songs with the ‘whoosh’ of the steam, the ‘round and round’ of the wheels and the ‘clanking’ of the joints [that] have hand movements for kids to do,” Whitfield says. “We have a song where kids get to do sheep and chicken sounds. At the end, we put everything together to make the sounds of all the animals and all the parts of the engine.” But it’s a show that’s fun for the whole family, Whitfield stresses. “It’s a very witty script,” he says. “The parents get a kick out of that.” One of the coolest things about the show is how the trains are built and operated. They all speak and have moving eyes and wheels. “The actors get inside,” Whitfield says. “It’s like a big car, and we drive [them] onstage. There [are] doors on both sides, so as soon as we park the engine, we can get out on stage and be a regular human.” Whitfield grew up watching “Thomas & Friends,” so he enjoys performing for its fans. “I love this show,” he says. “Every time I see a child dancing … I know that even though they’re being entertained, they’re getting lessons that will live with them for the rest of their lives.” Thomas & Friends Live On Stage chugs into the Fox June 26-28.

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The Fox Theatre’s outreach programs give kids a chance BY SUEHYLA EL-ATTAR

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onstructed in the 1920s, The Fox Theatre only gets better with age. While it maintains its exotic beauty and magical appeal with an active performance schedule, the Fox’s good health also can be attributed to its dedication to serving the Atlanta community. Since 1995, the Fox Outreach Committee has been fulfilling its mission to sustain and build the community through arts, outreach and education. “We hand out about 2,000 tickets [annually],” says Fox Outreach Committee Director Sarah duBignon. “For every [Delta International Series] show, there is educational material provided as well as pre-show lectures and demonstrations.” Community programs 50 ENCORE ATLANTA

range from lectures on opera to dance lessons. Last month, free vocal lessons were offered before the Ten Tenors show. The Fox also has programs for children. In 1998, duBignon’s first year at the theater, Atlanta was chosen to host Camp Broadway, a weeklong summer camp for youth ages 11-17. “The goals of the camp are to improve artistic ability, augment critical thinking, enhance creativity [and] increase self-esteem,” duBignon says. Since then, Camp Broadway has expanded to two annual one-week camps for over 200 economically diverse participants. “The young people come from the Boys and Girls Clubs, the YMCA, Division of Family and Child Services, group homes and other community youth groups, as well as several high [schools] and middle schools in the metro area,” duBignon says.

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of the Fox Theatre to teach Arabic architecture, geometry and math. The theater also offers several weekend and after-school workshops for dance, voice, acting, writing and playwriting. With the exception of some tuition students in Camp Broadway, all of the Fox’s outreach programs are offered free of charge. DuBignon says it is impossible for her to pick her favorite program, as they all effectively “use the arts to help children reach their full potential in life.” They also prove that the Fox is more than just a pretty façade; it is a tremendous cultural resource for the city and future generations of Atlantans. Suehyla El-Attar is an Atlanta-based actress/playwright. Please feel free to visit her self-serving Web site: Suehyla.com.

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Campers take voice, dance and acting lessons from Broadway professionals, while simultaneously learning life skills, such as discipline and the ability to follow directions. At the end of the camp, the students perform a short play they’ve created by combining two Broadway shows into one, and also get the chance to see a real Broadway play at the Fox. The AileyCamp is another of the Fox’s youth outreach programs. Founded by Alvin Ailey in 1989, the six-week camp is conducted by former Ailey Dancers and held in nine cities nationwide. Designed for grades 6-8, the AileyCamp mission is to help disadvantaged youth develop self-confidence, creative expression and critical thinking skills through the art of dance. Headed by Diane Sales, Fox’s AileyCamp is the only one in the South, and teaches participants that their potential is unlimited. The campers’ daily affirmation is, “I will not use the word ‘can’t’ to define my possibilities.” The Fox’s outreach programs aren’t limited to camps, however. For example, teaching artist Randy Taylor leads an architectural workshop offered to 600 public school children, using the designs


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Big stars, huge shows, local premieres and family favorites round out the new Theater of the Stars season. “[This] season has an exciting blend of shows which will offer our patrons the chance to catch the hottest new musicals direct from Broadway, along with the opportunity to enjoy some of their old favorites,” says Nick Manos, president of Theater of the Stars. “There is truly something for everyone.” First up is Jersey Boys (May 27-June 21) co-presented with Broadway Across America-Atlanta, the hotly anticipated 2006 Tony Award-wining Best Musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. An adaptation of the wildly successful Reese Witherspoon movie, Legally Blonde The Musical (July 14-19) 54 Encore AtlantA

rolls into the Fox this summer, bringing with it the effervescent Elle Woods, an underestimated blonde with a lot to prove. One of the greatest dance musicals of all time, 42nd Street (July 28-Aug. 2) follows the adventures of wide-eyed Peggy Sawyer as she seeks fame and fortune on Broadway. It will be hard to keep your toes from tapping when enjoying classic tunes such as “We’re in the Money.” American Idol Taylor Hicks brings more than a little glitz to the role of Teen Angel in Grease (Aug. 11-16). The beloved musical tale of true love, young punks, Pink Ladies and beautyschool dropouts in the 1950s is back. When it premiered in the 1970s, Chicago (Sept. 8-13) shocked audiences

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Don’t let economy woes keep you from enjoying life. As Manos puts it, the arts play a tremendous role and helping people to cope with the times. Because of it, he said they designed this season of shows to provide an affordable escape to the stresses of everyday life. “In addition, we offer a satisfaction guarantee to our subscribers,” Manos says. “If a subscriber is not happy at any time with his purchase, he can cancel the remainder of his subscription and we will refund the money [for] the remaining shows.” For more information, or to purchase season passes or individual tickets, call 404252-8960 or visit theaterofthestars.com.

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The new Broadway Across AmericaAtlanta season is bringing some of Broadway’s most talked-about shows to The Fox Theatre. Winner of the 2008 Tony for Best Musical, In the Heights (Nov. 3-8, 2009) is about chasing your dreams and find56 Encore AtlantA

ing your true home when you’re stuck in a not-so-great area of Manhattan. It also won Tonys for Best Choreography and Best Original Score, as well as a Grammy for Best Musical Show Album. Young Frankenstein (Jan. 2631, 2010), an adaptation of the clas-

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Award-winning revival of the spirited romance set on a tropical island during World War II. Children and parents everywhere can rejoice that Mary Poppins (April 29-May 16, 2010) — the nanny who’s practically perfect in every way — will be floating into the Fox. Although it’s rude to sing along to the show, it will be hard to resist chiming in when the cast launches into songs like “A Spoonful of Sugar” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” In addition to the season shows, there also are special engagements on the bill. Season specials include the interactive, kid-friendly Dora the Explorer (Aug. 21-23, 2009), the world-famous Rockettes in Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Nov. 19-Dec. 6, 2009) and perennial favorite Mamma Mia! (Feb. 9-14, 2010). Tickets are on sale now, with package prices ranging from $87-$387. Purchasers may opt to pay for subscriptions using a four-part installment plan this year. To order, call 800-278-4447 or visit broadwayacrossamerica.com. Ashley L. Brazzel contributed to this story.

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*Ratings achieved using the required premium unleaded gasoline with an octane rating of 91 or higher. If premium fuel is not used, performance will decrease. †Performance figures are for comparison only and were obtained with prototype vehicles by professional drivers using special safety equipment and procedures. Do not attempt. ‡AMCI-Certified testing. Vehicle shown with optional equipment. Lexus reminds you to wear seatbelts, secure children in rear seat, obey all traffic laws and drive responsibly. ©2007 Lexus.


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